Sherman Theatre and National Theatre

Romeo and Julie

Made at Sherman Sherman at 50 Theatre

Written by Gary Owen

Directed by Rachel O'Riordan



13 - 29 Apr 2023

Further details

  • Space: Main House
  • Language: English
  • Duration: 2 hours and 15 minutes (including interval)
Important Information

This production contains strong language, sexual references; deals with adult themes and includes scenes which some audience members may find upsetting. For more detailed information click here.

Gritty. Funny. Moving.

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A modern Cardiff love story from the team behind Iphigenia in Splott and Killology.

Romeo is a single dad hanging on tight. Julie is fighting to follow her dream of studying at Cambridge.

Two Cardiff teens raised a few streets apart – but from entirely different worlds – crash into first love and are knocked off their feet. But at the crossroads to the rest of their lives, Julie’s family fears the worst in a world of unequal opportunity.

What can you expect from Romeo and Julie?
Audiences have laughed and cried at this very modern love story during its acclaimed run of performances at the National Theatre in London. Thought-provoking and moving, Romeo and Julie is a witty look at what happens when two teenagers cross paths in Splott, and circumstances threaten to tear the couple apart.

Everything you need to know about Romeo and Julie:

The title might sound familiar – but this is a brand new story
Romeo and Julie takes the idea of incredibly intense young love and relocates the action to Splott. The forces pitted against the young couple are very different to those in Shakespeare’s play, as ambition and emotions collide.

It reunites an Olivier Award-winning partnership
Romeo and Julie reunites writer Gary Owen and former Sherman Artistic Director Rachel O’Riordan, responsible for the modern classics Iphigenia in Splott, Killology and The Cherry Orchard.

It’s firmly rooted in Splott
Gary Owen, who lived in Splott for over ten years, once again returns his focus as a writer to the area. The settings in the play might be familiar to our Cardiff audience members, with scenes taking place in locations including the STAR Hub and Splott Beach.

Romeo and Julie is a co-production with the National Theatre
Prior to its run at the Sherman, Romeo and Julie will be at the Dorfman Theatre, National Theatre from 14 Feb – 1 Apr.

It’s performed by a stellar cast – “the acting is faultless” (The Stage)
The cast for Romeo and Julie includes Callum Scott Howells (It’s A Sin Channel 4, Cabaret West End) as Romeo and Rosie Sheehy (Bird Sherman Theatre, All’s Well That Ends Well RSC) as Julie, Catrin Aaron (The Lovely Bones Birmingham Rep, Missing Julie Theatr Clwyd), Paul Brennen (A Discovery of Witches Sky, Happy Valley BBC) and Anita Reynolds (The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe Sherman Theatre, A Monster Calls The Old Vic / Bristol Old Vic).

The creative team also includes Designer Hayley Grindle (Iphigenia in SplottA Christmas Carol Sherman Theatre), Associate Designer Toots Butcher, Lighting Designer Jack Knowles, Sound Designer Gregory Clarke, Staff Director Kwame Owusu and Dialect Coach Patricia Logue.


BSL interpretation on 27 April by Cathryn McShane

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